Interview with Stylist Lyndzi Trang

Lyndzi Trang, a stylist based in Los Angeles, California, is the epitome of determination. Despite starting her career in styling only last year, deep passion and hard work has led her to amazing opportunities and her name is quickly getting recognized within the industry. DISTRIKMODE feels honored to get to know more about the positive and passionate soul behind LYNDZISTYLES:

1. Lyndzi's style in 3 words?
Detailed. Simplistic. Versatile.

2. Where do you get your inspirations from?
Magazines (W Magazine, V Magazine, Vogue Italia & Paris, Dansk, VS, etc.) and fashion blogs (Design Scene, CaliKartel, Nitrolicious, Fashion Gone Rogue, etc.). However, they're more for me to see what the latest trends are in fashion, photography, lighting, etc... When I style and work, the client's personality and individuality are my inspirations. I study their work prior and/or research their background and incorporate who they are in my own style intake and approach.

3. You've only been styling since 2009, yet you've gained a lot of recognition and support from the industry. What's the secret?
I feel blessed and grateful to receive such recognition and support. Honestly, my secret is that I never stop working! I work everyday, but how can I call it work when it's my passion. It's rare for people to wake up everyday doing what they love and I'm so fortunate to have found my passion. I take in every opportunity that comes my way good or bad and make the best out of it because you will never know what the end results may be. I don't believe in regrets nor failure because there will never be a shortage of possibilities.

4. Tell us about your most memorable styling project.
My most memorable project would be styling actress Tia Carrere at her beautiful home in Topanga Canyon, California. She was my first big full production shoot and first "big" celebrity shoot as well. The photographer and makeup/hair artist were also both represented by my top-notch creative agencies and here I was, barely starting.

I was extremely nervous yet determined to ensure that the entire team will be pleased, especially our client Tia. I had always heard crazy stories about working with celebrities but Tia is definitely NOT one of them. She was one of the sweetest persons I had ever worked with. She even prepared lunch for the team and crew! I was highly impressed and glad to know that she was as what she appears in her work - intelligent, humble, reserved, and friendly. Towards the end of the shoot, she had asked me to style an upcoming red-carpet event she was attending. I felt so honored.

After the photographer sent the finalized retouched images, Tia called and left me the most amazing voicemail commending my styling and tastes. I had it saved on my phone for the longest time. It definitely motivated and strengthened my confidence in this dog-eat-dog industry. Thanks to her encouraging words and many others, I know this is my profound destiny.

5. What do you do when you're not working and styling?
Haha, that's rare... but I LOVE to catch up with my family and friends. They mean everything to me. I also like to watch movies (in theaters), go to the gym, lay out on the beach... the usual fun everyday activities.

6. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
In 5 years, I hope to establish my name within the creative industry in the realms of celebrity, print, advertising, and special events. I also plan to establish my own fashion PR firm with my business partner, Mazel Higa in Los Angeles, California. Currently I am the co-founder and community manager of ModelURL, an online community network of creative artists. I am confident that this site will be flourishing by then and be the next, best, and last resource for an
yone aspiring to be in this industry.

Watch Lyndzi in action in the video below, where she styled for ViViD Magazine Winter Editorial Shoot (documented by Matt Rodgers):

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